Ex-Penn State officials in court for hearing

Former Penn State president Graham Spanier, former athletic director Tim Curley, and former vice president Gary Schultz.

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Three former Penn State administrators returned to court Thursday for a pre-trial hearing related to their handling of the Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse case.

Lawyers for former university president Graham Spanier, former university vice president Gary Schultz, and former athletic director Tim Curley are trying to get the remaining charges dismissed.

An appeals court in January threw out charges of perjury, obstruction, and conspiracy, but it left in place charges of failure to report suspected child abuse and endangering the welfare of children. The appeals court determined their right to legal representation was violated by the actions of the university’s then-general counsel.

Retired Berks County Judge John Boccabella heard arguments in the nearly five-year-old case. He must also consider whether the trial should be moved out of Dauphin County and if the defendants should be tried separately.

Sandusky was convicted in 2012 of 45 counts of child sexual abuse. He is appealing the conviction and a 30- to 60-year prison sentence.

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